The Ancient Nuu-chah-nulth Strategy of Hahuulthi: Education for Indigenous Cultural Survivance
Hahuulthi, "that which the chief owns", provides the organization and management of the Nuu-chah-nulth philosophy of hishuk-ish-ts’awalk, “everything is one". Thus, hahuulthi organizes this “oneness” through cultural observances of respect originating from the spiritual work of ancestors accomplished in the various sacred sites in the territory. Central to identity, to being Nuu-chah-nulth, being ones self, is the relationship of watersheds, land, sea, plants, animals, and specific sacred sites to ones lineage history. Self definition is anchored in place inhabited over time immemorial according to myth and a verified archeological depth of approximately 4,000 years. The oneness with the territory that is founded in this hishuk-ish-ts’awalk speaks with reverence and respect of the dynamics of cultural wholism, interconnectedness, reciprocities and synergy.
Keywords: Indigenous knowledge, Cultural survivance, Education for indigenous rights, Hahuulthi, Hishuk-ish-ts’awalk, Self definition, Cultural identity, Resource sustainability, Traditional ecological knowledge, Situated knowledges
Dr. Marlene Renate Atleo
virtual attendance, Assistant Professor